Thesis: Does the United States Navy currently have enough amphibious shipping to meet the requirements of our National Military Strategy? Will future construction and replacement programs be adequate with the expanding amphibious missions? Background: The Navy currently has 39 amphibious ships in the fleet with only 7 new ships scheduled for commissioning by the year 2000. By 2010, the number will drop to approximately 32. The result of these actions is an amphibious fleet that is rapidly reaching the end of its effective service file. We can currently meet the 2.5 MEB assault echelon requirements however; when forward presence, assault follow-on echelon requirements, crisis response (Haiti, Somalia), and peacekeeping operations are factored in, meeting the requirements will become increasingly difficult.